Requirements for all education programs include completion of normal
University degree requirements as outlined within this Bulletin, as well as:
1. Completion of an academic major chosen from among those acceptable
for the elementary or secondary education program selected. Details are
2. Completion of language studies in Spanish at a level sufficient to satisfy the
University foreign language requirement. (The University’s expectation
that the foreign language requirement will be met in Spanish is due to
Fisk’s special interest in preparing teachers for urban schools in
increasingly multicultural and multilingual American cities.) Languages
other than Spanish are acceptable, however, for students who arrive at Fisk
with significant prior background in another language, or where the
student’s major department recommends a language other than Spanish.
3. Admission to the Teacher Education Program, which is not automatic,
upon expressing a desire to pursue one of the programs. Students should
contact the Director of Teacher Education as soon as possible after arrival
at Fisk. Admission to the program is based on a separate application
(normally submitted by the end of the first semester of the sophomore
year) to the Director; on general University criteria delineated by the
Teacher Education Committee, including a minimum cumulative Fisk
grade point average of 2.5 or better. Program admission decisions are
made by the Teacher Education Committee following review of the
student’s qualifications and a personal interview. Prior to licensure, the
State of Tennessee also requires that prospective teachers pass, with
prescribed minimum scores, the PRAXIS II Subject Assessments.
Required PRAXIS II tests include the core battery and specialty area tests.
4. Admission to and completion of student teaching at a level of performance
satisfactory to the Director of Teacher Education and the cooperating
schools and teachers.